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NSV at the DMV (Photos)

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

I can't tell you how much I dreaded showing my license - ever - to anyone. The checkout lady at Trader Joes, to verify employment, to prove residency, every time I had to take that thin piece of plastic out of my wallet I cringed. 8 years of this hatred for my Driver's License picture. We all can take bad pictures, but this one was bad with a capital "B"! First, I didn't realize I was getting my photo taken, the person ahead of me just got a reprint of their last photo, which is what I was secretly hoping for, as I had gained over 100 lbs. since my last DL picture. But no, that camera silently snapped just as I realized (too late) what was happening. I had a bit of a hair mishap, too (it was a windy day) and I was generally not a happy person, living larger than I should be and showing it on the outside.

And as I lost weight, it would cause confusion. The guy carding me to get into a bar would do a double-take, was that really me? The cashier at Trader Joe's once gave me a side glance and said "You go, girl." See, I wasn't the person in that photo. Not anymore.

Since I'm a good driver, I usually renew over the phone, so I have lived with this bad picture for 8 long years. But since I needed to take the vision exam again (they only give you so many free passes), I had to physically go in and get my new license, and get a new photo.

I was so excited for this change to "redo" my terrible license picture. Not only because this time I would be prepared and smile at that tiny blue light, but because I was thinner by 105 lbs., too. BONUS!

Here is my comparison of the old to new. I feel 10 years YOUNGER, not older, and I feel like I've been given a new chance, at the DMV...and in life.

I also updated my weight on my license to be my goal weight - 178. I'm not there yet, but I will be. (And the weight on my old DL I never updated with my weight gain, so it always read 180. A white lie at the time that is slowly coming true.)

EDITED: I want to add and make it clear that I EMBRACE who I was. I truly do. You can read my blog "Pictures on the Shelf" below if you would like to read more about that.

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But this is a HUGE NSV for me and I am going to celebrate it. Embracing a terrible picture of yourself on your Driver's License (how many of us dislike these photos) is not the same as embracing who you WERE. Now I have a little slice of this new life in my wallet and I like it, and I AM going to celebrate it. I deserve to. Too much of my life has been spent looking backwards at my past, and not living in the CURRENT. Now my Driver's License has caught up to who I AM and I will not just let that go by without tooting my own horn. Sometimes we need to be our own cheerleaders - that's my secret to getting through the hard times.

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And it is nice not to erase, but to re-write history.



(To see a larger image I also uploaded this picture to my Spark page).
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LOVEXAVIE 7/28/2012 12:23PM

  You look like your younger, thinner, hipper, happier & cuter sister!
"You go, girl!" is right!!
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NORAB52GOOD 7/28/2012 12:15PM

    Incredible transformation! emoticon

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XHAPPYGIRLX 7/28/2012 10:41AM

    Wow, what an amazing transformation! You go girl! You look so much younger and healthier. What a proud moment this must be for you to see the difference.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/28/2012 10:39AM

    Great post! You are emoticon !!

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DAWNOFCHANGE 7/28/2012 10:24AM

    You look beautiful! emoticon Keep up the good work!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 7/28/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon Love to read such a happy blog! You are inspiring!

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BERI03 7/28/2012 9:55AM

    WooHoo! Good job!

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BBD2727 7/28/2012 9:06AM

    Wow! You look so great! How well-said, too. I hate the weight on my driver's license. I can't wait to get a new one. Thanks to your blog, that is now chalked up as one of my "rewards" for reaching my goal weight.

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LJCANNON 7/28/2012 9:01AM

    emoticon I Love your attitude about the Past and can Totally relate to it!!
emoticon I will always hold on to my Old Driver's License. It has caused a few startled looks at the Bank, but the only time that it was ALMOST a problem was when my Husband and I flew to New York. The TSA Agent wasn't too sure about letting me through Security, LOL!!!

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REENSKI 7/28/2012 8:55AM

    WOW WOW WOW!
You are amazing and inspiring!
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IN102WIN 7/28/2012 7:02AM

    That is really, really wonderful news..... you look totally different!!! GO NSV!!!!!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 7/28/2012 6:29AM

    You look good in both pics but definitely slimmer in the new one and you have a beautiful smile emoticon

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WHITNEY0814 7/28/2012 12:56AM

    You look amazing!!!!

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EATVEGAN 7/27/2012 11:47PM

    Cute new haircut and congrats on the big weight loss. That is truly an NSV. emoticon
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WALLINMW 7/27/2012 10:52PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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PRINCESSLSH 7/27/2012 8:50PM

    Congrats on your 105 lb weight loss and for looking fantabulous and happy on your new license. LOL! I too have that same old license that hasn't had a picture update for about 8 years. I was glad for that because I didn't like how big I had gotten and I didn't want to write my weight on my ID. I kept my highschool weight on it and I could pretent that I was still the same person as back then. This year I have to go and get my license renewed and I'm still going to leave my old weight on it. Because i know that I will get back to that old weight. Congrats again. You are definitely an inspiration.

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NEWCHINELO 7/27/2012 7:28PM

    oh!this is beautiful.

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DIANNEMT 7/27/2012 6:31PM

    Wonderful!! I still have the old photo--long hair and more of "me". Congrats to you!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 7/27/2012 5:56PM

    You look great and what a beautiful smile! Great blog!

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I remember when I gained weight...did I ever update my DL? No way! I had my previous weight, my goal weight on there so when I gained 50+ pounds it stayed the same...I was so happy to go to the DMV and take my picture when I reached goal and my weight was actually the weight on my DL...

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MARYJEANSL 7/27/2012 4:04PM

  You look great! And it's a nice victory, for sure...my driver's license photo looks like a criminal's mug shot...maybe I too will be proud of the next one. Congrats to you!

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MOMMY445 7/27/2012 3:38PM

    what a great blog! thanks for sharing!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/27/2012 3:37PM

  Good for YOU!!!!! You look wonderful!!! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 7/27/2012 3:20PM

    Lotusflower you have done so well! WooHoo to you!! I love your new DL picture! You go girl and I think relatively soon you will be at your DL weight! Keep up the good work!

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JIBBIE49 7/27/2012 3:18PM

    Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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TONYVAND1 7/27/2012 2:40PM

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RHIANNONTHEWOLF 7/27/2012 2:27PM

    That is awesome, surprising about the vision test though, usually because I have the glasses restriction I just tell them yes I do need my glasses to drive and they leave it on there. Hopefully next year if I get lasik I can update that and change my weight to be realistic.

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SAINTBETH 7/27/2012 1:23PM

    Good for you. I once had 5 years of a bald photo on my DL. i was in chemo therapy for cancer when they insisted on taking a new photo and said I could not wear my hat!

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/27/2012 12:56PM

  This is SO Wonderful!!!!! Great, super, Wow! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASPENHUGGER 7/27/2012 12:48PM

    I never thought about it, but I have a DMV problem! I don't much like my current photo -- it shows 40# more of me than there currently is, & I'm nowhere near my goal weight yet. But if I get my picture retaken ... I'll have gray hair instead of blonde. Well, I do have gray hair now but when that photo was taken I was still dying it in hopes of fooling people into thinking I was younger than I really was.

So either way, it won't be my favorite picture! LOL

And emoticon to you for such an awesome weight loss!

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TERRIJ7 7/27/2012 12:37PM

    I currently aspire to weigh what my driver's license says I weigh!

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HEARTS116 7/27/2012 12:30PM

    What an amazing transformation! Great job! emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 7/27/2012 12:23PM

    Wow, such a difference! Very inspiring :-)

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STEFANIESHERE 7/27/2012 12:22PM

    Yippee! I am happy for your happiness!

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LINDAK25 7/27/2012 12:19PM

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Wow, what a great new license photo! Now people are going to look at it and be jealous because your picture is great!. Even people with no weight issues have a hard time getting a good picture on their driver's license.

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CALRJM 7/27/2012 11:35AM

  I renewed my license in December. I had a mammogram scheduled in May and had to show a picture ID. When the technician came for me she asked, "Have you lost weight?" Her comment surprised me and then I realized that my picture had a bigger me than I now am. It was a great feeling. Have to keep the same picture for 4 more years. Maybe I can surprise a few more people.

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LELERS 7/27/2012 11:24AM

    Wow! You look great!! High five!! emoticon

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DEBK0923 7/27/2012 11:00AM

    what a difference, you look awesome

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/27/2012 10:33AM

    Woohoo! emoticon You look great!

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